Board Members

The Vine Trail Coalition

The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition is led by an ever-evolving and responsive member board representing a broad spectrum of community and civic organizations including:

  • Land & Agricultural Interest Groups
  • Public Agencies
  • Economic Interest Groups
  • Environmental Interest Groups
  • Health and Wellness concerns
  • Youth Development Groups
  • Educational, Cultural and Arts Development representatives

The Coalition holds monthly board meetings (generally the third Wednesday of each month) and much of the our work and progress is done in committee. With the exception of the governance and executive committees, all committees are open and welcoming to non-board member participation.

Executive Director & Board President, Chuck McMinnCo-owner Vineyard 29 winery with over 30 years’ experience working in funding and starting businesses and non-profits  in Silicon Valley & Napa Valley Read Chuck’s bio here.

 Operations Director, Shannon Kuleto (contact



Napa Valley Vintners (co-founder)
Becky Peterson – NVV Community Relations Director
Linda Reiff – NVV Executive Director

Land Trust of Napa County (co-founder)
Joseph M. Keebler – Land Trust project committee member and former board trustee
Doug Parker - CEO Land Trust of Napa County

Napa Valley Grapegrowers (co-founder) 
Walt Brooks – Vineyard Owner
Jennifer Kopp Putnam – NVG Executive Director

Napa County Farm Bureau
Peter Nissen – Grower and NCFB past president; Co-Chair Ag Respect Initiative
Sandy Elles  – Executive Director

Winegrowers of Napa County (Advisory)
Michelle Benvenuto – Executive Director, former Napa Planning Commissioner


Napa County Transportation & Planning Agency (NCTPA)
Diane Dillon – District 3 County Supervisor
JoAnn Melgar – Staff Assistant to the Board of Supervisors

NCTPA/TAC Public Works & Transportation Planners
Rick Marshall – TAC  Member; Deputy Director of Public Works, Napa County 
Debra Hight – TAC Member; Assistant Director of Public Works, Town of Yountville

ATAC – Napa County Active Transportation Advisory Committees of Napa County
Mike Costanzo –  ATAC Member; former Executive Director Napa Bike Coalition  
Kate Miller – Executive Director, NCTPA

Napa County Regional Park & Open Space District
Tony Norris – NCRPOSD Board President; Co-Chair Ag Respect Initiative
Michael Haley –  NCRPOSD Board, District 3

California Department of Fish & Game (Advisory)
Corinne Gray – Environmental Scientist, Bay-Delta Region

Napa County Law Enforcement
Sheriff’s Department
      John Robertson –  Sheriff, Napa County

     City of Napa Police Department
      Steve Potter – Patrol Captain

     California Highway Patrol
      Chris Childs – Captain Napa Office CHP Golden Gate Division

Caltrans District 4 (Advisory)
Beth Thomas – Senior Transportation Planner, Office of Transit & Community
Pedestrian & Bicycle Coordination Branch, Caltrans District 4
Sergio Ruiz – Associate Transportation Planner, Caltrans District 4

City of Vallejo/Solano County
Erin Hannigan – Solano County Supervisor, formerly Vice-Mayor of the City of Vallejo

Napa County Planning Commission (Advisory)
Matt Pope – Napa County Planning Commissioner, former
District Representative- Napa & Solano State Sen. Noreen Evans Office


Visit Napa Valley
George Goeggel – Finance Chair,Visit Napa Valley; Auberge Resorts Principal, Director
Clay Gregory – President, Visit Napa Valley

Napa Valley Chambers of Commerce
Chris Canning – Calistoga Chamber of Commerce and Mayor of Calistoga
Cindy Saucerman – Yountville Chamber of Commerce

Calistoga Vitality Group
Dieter Deiss –
CVG Board president and Calistoga Bicycle Advisory Committee

Napa County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

North Bay Association of Realtors, Napa Chapter
Kris Chun – chapter president

Cycling Businesses of Napa Valley
Jake Scheideman – Owner, St. Helena Cyclery


Sierra Club Napa Group
Charles Slutzkin – NC Resource Conservation Dist. board
Penny Proteau – Sierra Club Outings Leader, Tracking/Compliance Miner Family Vnyds

Sustainable Napa County (advisory)
Jeri Gill – SNC Executive Director
William Bennett  – Project Engineer for nonprofit SNC

Friends of the Napa River
Barry Christian – American Canyon Open Space Commission; law enforcement (retired)
Tim Yarish – FONR Board Vice-President


Napa County Bicycle Coalition
Joel King – Co-founder Napa Bike, member Napa Trails Advisory Commission, ag biologist

Health, Wellness & Medical Coalition
Elizabeth Glenn-Bottari – Vice President & COO Integrative Health,
Queen of the Valley Wellness Center
Robert Diehl –  Vice President Operations, Queen of the Valley Medical Center  

Youth Development & Safety Education Coalition
       Napa County Safe Routes To School
Anne Darrow – Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Napa County Office of Education
Lucas Euser – United States Professional cyclist, TeamUnited Healthcare,

Rotary Clubs of Napa Valley
Rob Andreae – St Helena Rotary; principal, 5T Wealth Management; board chair, Land Trust of Napa County

Runners of Napa Valley
Dame’ Rahal – Owner, Athletic Feat Running Shoes Store
Hannah Euser – Live Healthy Napa County

Arts Council Napa Valley
Mark Joseph - ACNV board and American Canyon City Council
Olivia Everett – ACNV Executive Director; founder, Wandering Rose arts publication 


Founder, Board President, Capital Campaign Committee chair
Chuck McMinn – Co-owner Vineyard 29 winery, engineer, entrepreneur,
start-up junkie

Board Vice President
Dave Meyers –  former Managing Director of Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty

Board Treasurer
Mark Richmond – Principal, LPL Financial

Board Secretary
Mayra Martinez Vega – St Helena Hospital Client Services

Outside General Legal Counsel (Advisory)
Jim Terry – Director, Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty PC

Executive/Governance Committee Chair & Community Legal Consultant
Dave Meyers – former Managing Director of Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty

Marketing/Communications Committee Chair
Chris Cutler –  Marketing and Public Relations Consultant

Route/Engineering/Grants Committee Chair
Philip Sales – Trail and Greenway Planning Consultant; Park Planning Chief, Sonoma County Regional Parks Department (ret.) San Francisco Bay Trail Steering Committee

Operations Director
Shannon Kuleto –(Contact shannon@vinetrail.orgCo-founder Kuleto Estate winery; St Helena Star Editorial Board member, Communications consultant, Historian


Please contact the committee chair
if you want to get involved!

Route/Engineering: Philip Sales, Chair. Oversees the engineering of the trail including route selection, easements, engineering and construction firm selection and design considerations. Contact

Grant Solicitation: Philip Sales, Chair (Herb Fredricksen, Past Chair). Working to identify and secure available public funding for a portion of the Trail’s cost. Contact

Capital Campaign/FOUNDERS CIRCLE 2014: April Gargiulo, Chair  Organizes and conducts fund-raising of the private portion of  Trail capital. Contact April and our Executive Director Chuck McMinn at

Marketing Committee: Chris Cutler, Chair. Communicates the aspirations and progress of the coalition through: web site, collateral material, speaker’s bureau, media outreach, social networks, business partnerships, Hispanic outreach (CONECTAMOS) and events. Contact

AG Respect Initiative: Co-Chairs Tony Norris and Peter Nissen. The guidelines found at provide a starting place for Napa Valley travelers—visitors and residents alike—to appreciate the needs of the farming community throughout the year and the importance of respecting boundaries and rules. This cooperation keeps our farms and vineyards hard at work, cultivating the land and cultivating our shared future. Contact Tony Norris or Peter Nissen to learn more.

ACE Committee (Arts, Culture, Education Integration): Mark Joseph, Chair. Helps the Vine Trail function as a true cultural connector by facilitating the integration of arts, cultural and educational infrastructure, design, or programming elements into the ongoing and future design or use of the Vine Trail.  Contact Mark Joseph

Executive/Governance Committee: Chair & Board VP/Dave Meyers; Vice-Chair & Board President/Chuck McMinn;  NVV/Becky Peterson; LTNC/Joe Keebler; NVG/Jennifer Kopp Putnam or Walt Brooks; Treasurer/Mark Richmond; Board Secretary/Mayra Martinez Vega; Advisor/Jim Terry

And you! Please join us today…



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